Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi’s questionable purchases on a county charge card has prompted the Honolulu Mayor’s Office to release information on how Hawaii’s largest city handles the special charge cards.
On Thursday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s spokesman Jesse Broder Van Dyke issued a lengthy fact sheet outlining the city’s purchasing card policies.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s office responded to a flood of questions about pCard use in the city.
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Broder Van Dyke said the city had received numerous requests for information about Honolulu’s use of the cards after Kenoi’s troubles were widely publicized.
The fact sheet makes clear that Caldwell, unlike Kenoi, does not have a “pCard,” — a purchasing card — and that he pays for his travel expenses out-of-pocket and is then reimbursed.
In a series of Q&As, Broder Van Dyke noted that there are 636 active pCards in city government along with another 107 in use at the Honolulu Board of Water Supply.
He said that no city employees have had their pCards removed for improper use over the past five years. He also provided a list of all employees who have pCards.
Supporting all of this are documents attached to the fact sheet, including a full list of employees with pCards, the city’s pCard policy and a summary of Caldwell’s travel expenses from Jan. 1, 2013 to March 31, 2015.